Les mondes engloutis (1985–1987)

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Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Jeanine Forney ...
 Arkana (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Chris Benard ...
 Bob (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Amandine Rajau ...
 Rebecca (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Louis Arbessier ...
 Shag-shag (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Marc Moro ...
 Maxagaze (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jacques Deschamps ...
 Mattymatte, Arkshag (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Claude Dasset ...
 Seskapile, Bic (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Albert Augier ...
 Bac (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jean Négroni ...
 Narrator / ... (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
 Rebecca (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
A.J. Henderson ...
 Matt / ... (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rob Roy ...
 Spartakus (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Howard Ryshpan ...
 Bac (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Perrette Pradier ...
 Massmédia (51 episodes, 1985-1987)
Yves-Marie Maurin ...
 Spartakus (45 episodes, 1985-1987)


Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that great cataclysm, the Arkadians lived deep in the center of the Earth and created an artificial sun called the Shagma (Tiera in the American version). But one fateful day years later, the Shagma began to fade out. In a desperate act, the Children of this unusual civilization and their ship with a mind of it's own broke into to the secret museum, which was considered forbidden, except for the creatures who are in charge of it. Written by Chibi Riza

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Release Date:

11 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea  »

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[repeated line]
Bic and Bac: Aaaah, c'est shagmique!
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Crazy Credits

In the final episode, the concept art is replaced by images of the main characters and the "Flashbic" song plays during the credits rather than the theme song. See more »


Referenced in Chrono Trigger (1995) See more »


(Theme English version)
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Jeff Jordan
Performed by Cook da Books
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A very good show that will always be remembered.
2 November 2000 | by (Moon Fortress) – See all my reviews

"Les Mondes Engloutis" (aka.Arkadia/Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea) has to be one of the most memorable European animations that was played on TV.

There was once a great cataclysm that made a prosperous civilization live underground for the many years that pasted.They have relied on the sun "Saggy" to nourish their world Arkadia,but now,Saggy is fading.Some children entered a forbidden grotto and created a messenger and named her Arcana.Alongside her journey,Arcana meets up with magical twin aardvarks named Bic and Bac,a mysterious wanderer named Spartakus,a spacecraft with a mind of it's own and two kids,Bob and Rebecca.Alongside their journeys,they travel back in time,travel to other worlds and even to unknown places and run into such advisories such as barbarian herders,persistant soldiers/warriors, strange creatures and animals and pirates whom resemble 80's punk rock singers.

Wonderful storyline,intresting and deep character development,good animation and a memorable soundtrack (for once,these toons can sing!).There is nothing corny about this show."Les Mondes Engloutis", alongside "Mysterious Cities of Gold","Ulysse 31" and "Flower Princess Angel" are some of the most memorable shows that children of the 80's got.They got some of the animated "Deutchland Frankenfurters",while kids now-a-days are getting lame "Balogna"!

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